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Kinder, Donna Jean

Kinder, Donna Jean

September 18, 1948 — September 1, 2020

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Donna Jean Kinder, 71, Kansas City, MO, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, after her battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Donna was born September 18, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Donald and Mattie Weiss, the second of four children. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lynn Derral Kinder, her son, Robert Kinder (Julie), and daughter Kathleen Seever (Thad); and five grandsons – Jonathan Kinder of Brookfield, MO, Jeffrey Kinder (Katie), Joseph Kinder, James Kinder, and Blake Seever – all of Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by her brother Daniel Weiss, sister Vickie Sullivan, and brother Mark Weiss (Cindy), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Upon graduation from East High School in 1966, Donna attended Central Missouri State and then married Lynn Derral Kinder on March 1, 1968.

Donna was a stay-at-home mom for several years, serving as President in the Gracemor Elementary School PTA. With an almost daily presence in the school, she was very active in many school activities, volunteering for various roles such as room mother from 1973 to 1982. She also was active in the Gracemor-Randolph Community Council when it was first formed.

Donna started her full-time civilian career with the Kansas City Police Department in 1983. She was hired initially as a 911 call taker, at the time that service was just launching in Kansas City, and ended her career as supervisor over the department’s Purchasing Unit before retiring in 2018.

Donna also had a seasonal position with the Kansas City Royals from 1986 to 2014, working game days as their Communications Supervisor in Event Operations.

One of Donna’s biggest loves in life were her five grandsons whom she loved to dote on, and she was especially happy when she could share another love of hers, Dairy Queen, with them. Parties or other gatherings at “Grandma’s house” were always special. During the holiday season, Donna would often bake her famous pumpkin bread from scratch, covered with homemade cream cheese icing.

Donna will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Her family is grateful for the special folks with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care for making her final days peaceful and pain-free.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Donna may be made to the KCPD CARE Team, Attn: Pam Bear, 1125 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Sunday, September 13, and funeral services at 10:00 am Monday, September 14, all at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Service Information

As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Donna may be made to the KCPD CARE Team, Attn: Pam Bear, 1125 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Sunday, September 13, and funeral services at 10:00 am Monday, September 14, all at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Kinder, Donna Jean's Guestbook

Donna u were so special to a lot of your royals co-workers. You were a blessing to be around n talk. Heaven just gained a new dispatcher. I know u r resting n the mansion just over the hilltop n keep your eyes on love ones.

Bill kanan

Lynn & Family: May Donna rest in peace and my God bring comfort to your family. Donna and I worked together within the Internal Audit Department at KCPD. Sincerely, Patrick

Patrick Roche

My heartfelt condolences to Lynn, Robert, Kathleen and the rest of the family. Donna never met a stranger because when she did, she made you feel like you were part of her family. I had the pleasure of meeting Donna some 13 years ago through my dear friend Kathleen. I still remember her genuine and caring soul and the love she had for her family and those who were near and dear to her. She will be missed, but surely not forgotten!

Norris Hamilton

We are sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

Jim & Cindy Dunlap

Lynn and I were in the same squad early in our careers. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Kinder family.

Bill Koetting

My deepest sympathies to Lynn & family. Donna always had a smile for everyone. She was a joy to work with at the KC Royals games. She will be fondly remembered.

John Bussiere

So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. My prayers to her family. I worked with Donna at Sears, then again when we were both dispatchers. Mark and Rachel, you are so right. Donna always had a smile on her face!

Trish Downey

As a co worker of Donna’s husband, Lynn, at the Federal courthouse, I wish to extend my sympathies to Lynn and family. May God grant you peace and many fond memories

Dave Gisel

Our sincere condolences to the Kinder family at a time of a loss of a dear family member.

Harold and Betty Nichols

So many great childhood memories on N. Wallace included Donna. She was such a wonderful person and we're all blessed to have had her in our lives. Thinking of you all <3

Lisa Reinhart (Whitton)

I am so sorry to read about Donna's passing. She was fun to work with in Gracemor PTA and doing class parties. May your memories be a comfort and time be healing to you all.

Judy Shenefield

My beloved Sister was the best and she honored our family with a wonderful family of her own. Her smile could brighten a room and I will miss our conversations. With Love Always

Mark Cindy Weiss

Mrs Kinder ( Donna ) always greeted me with a smile and kindness when her son ( Rob ) , and I , hung out when we were kids ........ had many great memories of seeing her at Royals stadium ....... she was a great person !

Karl Wohlgemuth

Donna was a joy to work with. I don't think that I ever saw her without a smile on her face. If there was something that you needed, you know she would figure out how to get it if possible. Rachel Whipple, retired KCPD officer

Rachel Whipple

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